12:30 PM EST, March 9, 2013
I would counter the headline on Maria Santo's criticism of pro-choice advocates ("Dishonesty underlies abortion law," March 5) with one of my own: "Extreme sanctimony underlies pro-life argument."
Anti-abortionists — please, can we call them what they really are? — can make a cogent argument for their cause, and I agree with them that "killing babies" is a crime.
However, I find it ironic that the same folks who think it is reprehensible for a mother to abort a baby she can't afford, hasn't the skills to raise or simply can't abide how the child was conceived — rape, for instance — never offer any solutions to those problems.
In fact, these often are the same people who attack family planning clinics and oppose the availability of contraceptives in schools and clinics. It sometimes seems like they believe their job is to punish the mother for getting pregnant under anything less than their own ideal, socially-acceptable conditions.
Our family includes two wonderful little girls whose birth mothers were brave enough to bear children and give them to couples who had the wherewithal and support system to raise them. We adore these little girls and offer prayers of thanks to their moms every day.
How many adopted children does Ms. Santo have? How many adopted children does any anti-abortionist have? They seem quite enthusiastic about protecting a child's right to be born — but less interested in the actual quality of that child's life (or its mother's) once they arrive.
When anti-abortionists embrace the personal responsibility that goes along with insisting that every woman who is pregnant with a child she doesn't want must bear it nonetheless, and develop the programs to support these children, I will throw down my pro-choice flag and join them.
Until then, I invite them to be honest enough to admit that their primary goal is the delivery of live babies — not happy, healthy or safe ones with bright futures.
Dayle Dawes, Arnold
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